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This is not your father’s driver’s ed class

Way back in the 1970s, I made the decision NOT to take driver’s ed at my high school, opting for a private class instead. The reason? I wanted to take a physics class.

Not too long thereafter, my high school – and many others – quit offering driver’s ed in school. This meant that if you wanted to learn how to drive, you had to go outside high school and pay someone to do the service.

That’s changing in Akron, Ohio, where in-school driver’s ed is being offered again. But it’s being offered after school, and you have to pay to take the class. (Scholarships are available.)

But for me, the really interesting part is WHY driver’s ed is being offered.

Some businesses told the district that students’ lack of a license was a deal breaker when it came to hiring, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

Students “are unable to even get their foot in the door if they don’t have their driver’s license,” Rachel Tecca, executive director of Akron’s College and Career Academies, told the paper.

Now there are some cities where you CAN get a job without a driver’s license. I proved this after graduating from college in Portland, Oregon and working temp jobs throughout the city before landing a permanent job. Thank you, TriMet.

However, said permanent job was in Rancho Cucamonga, California, which meant that I needed a car once I moved from Oregon to California.

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